A plank is an exercise you can easily perform at home, in your hotel room, or really anywhere you want and it has many benefits. Let's first talk about the correct plank position.
To perform a plank properly and achieve all the benefits you have to make sure you are in the correct position. Hands are underneath your shoulders. If your hands are out in front of your shoulders you will actually put a lot of extra pressure on your shoulders. Pull your shoulders down and back. Make sure your body is in a straight line. Hips are not high like a mountain or too low like a valley. Be sure to engage your core by pulling in your abdominals. Also, squeeze your glutes and inner thighs. If this position bothers your wrists you can always come down to your elbows. Making sure your elbows are under your shoulders. Start by holding the pose for 10-15 seconds and then work to hold it for 1 minute or more.
Planking at least once a day holds many benefits.
Here is your challenge, plank everyday. The benefits are amazing and can only improve your quality of life.
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